When Edd China suddenly decided to leave “Wheeler Dealers” after 13 seasons, you bet something downright nefarious has happened between him and his co-host, or him and the producers. The British eccentric mechanic restored cars on a budget in the weekly car series, which also starred TV presenter Mike Brewer, and aired on the Discovery Channel in 2003.
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The show was a huge hit and even had a spin-off series, leaving many wondering why on earth Edd chose not to return for the 14th season.
Well, it looks like the new producers, Velocity, wanted to make some big changes to the show’s programming content to lower production costs, which Edd didn’t like at all. He said“Unfortunately, on Velocity’s first attempt at producing the show, they found Wheeler Dealers too difficult to make, at least in its current format.”
Edd would like detailed coverage of how he fixes a car, which will help him gain more fans because the show is true to the DIY (DYI) concept, which has been paramount since day one.
He doesn’t like the producers editing what they actually do in the workshop, and he felt this undermined both his work and his integrity. His last words were, “…so I’ve come to the conclusion that my only option is to keep Velocity going, without me.” It was a direct explanation without the usual drama or scandal that comes with the resignation or termination of the show’s main star; it was an acceptable explanation. No bad vibes, right?
The show decided to get another automaker, Ant Anstead, as its replacement. Edd, on the other hand, seems to be doing a great job on his own, creating content and posting videos to YouTube with over 19 million views in total.
It seemed everyone had moved on until Edd learned from Mike that he had received death threats online, and worst of all, the internet abuse was not limited to him, but to his entire family.
Apparently the fans haven’t moved on yet and turned their anger on Mike over Edd’s refusal to join the crew for the 14th season. Some fans thought Mike should have turned down the program content review. The two may not agree on the production changes, but Edd liked the death threats cool, and urged fans to just support both of their decisions. Edd took this issue further by saying, “Is he my favorite person right now? Well, probably not. And I’m sure I’m not his. But that’s okay; we’re both grown and we’ll get there.” We’ll get over this and we’ll be fine.”
If they get along, why would the fans attack Mike and his family? It seems a little odd until you dig up Mike’s previous tweet that says “Edd left, didn’t say, left the show and threw it away after 13 years…who’s the traitor?” It was immediately removed, but internet geeks already had a screenshot of the tweet. Mike also previously refuted Edd’s claim that the Discovery Channel had decided to cut the show’s workshop segment.
He continued during an interview at a Connecticut auto show, “When he did some really bad things, it meant the Discovery Channel just couldn’t work with him. So they gave him the option to leave, and he took it.” While it’s never okay to threaten someone with death, at least we now know why some fans were upset about the whole issue.
Edd China took the higher road and kept the feud to a minimum to likely prevent his family from getting involved in the fallout drama.
— Edd China (@TheEddChina) January 28, 2019
He is married to Imogen China and his father-in-law is one of the well-known stunt directors in Hollywood. Edd focused on producing automotive content and posting it to YouTube. His pilot episode for his YouTube show “Edd China’s Garage Revivial” received just over three million views. However, he decided to focus more on writing books, and the hardcover edition of his autobiography, “Grease Junkie: A Book of Moving Parts”, was released in August 2019.
It reached the top of the UK book sales charts, so the paperback edition was released later.
He is currently working on breaking some speed records, such as he talked to people from the Guinness Book of World Records to discuss the parameters. He will do the same with his popular Casual Driving Sofa. This mad inventor graduated with a degree in Engineering and Product Design from London South Bank University, and he would no doubt shock the world again by driving his new fancy motorized furniture along the speedway.